Letter to My Middle School Self

By Gabriela Benveniste, TIWP Student

Here’s what I’m telling you. Things won’t always go as planned. You don’t have to be quiet all the time. Your ideas matter, too. People might not always take you seriously, but you have to believe in yourself. Don’t doubt your decisions. It’s your life and you get to choose your future. Wear what you want. Don’t focus on what others want or don’t want you to do. Others’ judgment shouldn’t affect you, but I know it most likely will. Be cautious of your surroundings. Keep pepper spray in your backpack. Don’t walk alone at night. Don’t trust strangers who want you to go help their dog. (I know you want to help but they’re lying.) You can’t please everybody. Grades don’t rate how smart you are. High school isn’t like the movies. Don’t try so hard for others’ acceptance. Don’t judge others because I bet they feel exactly like you do. Treat people with kindness. In the end, people always get what they deserve, good or bad. Just trust me: everything will be okay. The pain will subside. The clouds will part. Every day is a new beginning. So please, start living like it is!

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